I really tried to not pick up another hobby, but I came home from War with two drop spindles (in addition to the "toy" one from the class), several bags of wool and several books.
Only a few weeks later, I also acquired a spinning wheel, wool combs and a box of Icelandic fleece that needs to be washed.
At this point I have spun about 4oz of some pretty rough feeling madder dyed wool, close to 4 of Corriedale and about 4oz of Icelandic. I had a lesson with my spinning wheel this week that helped my progress with that method of spinning immensely. My goal? To spin my own yarn for weaving period Viking fabrics and trim.
Of course, that is pretty far off at this time, but it is the long term goal and so far I am enjoying the process. My next step, I think, will be to experiment with use of a distaff as some recent research has made me wonder if it might effectively speed up my spinning or help me create more even yarn.
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